Published: Tue, January 29, 2019
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Anthony Davis: Pelicans release statement amid Lakers trade links, tampering demand made

Anthony Davis: Pelicans release statement amid Lakers trade links, tampering demand made

The future of New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis appears to be set as he has told the team that he has no intentions of signing a contract extension and has requested a trade, according to ESPN.com's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Boston Celtics are another team reportedly interested in Davis, but they can not trade for him until after July 1 because National Basketball Association rules wouldn't allow both Kyrie Irving's and Davis' contracts on the same team under the designated rookie exception.

Paul added that Davis "wants to be traded to a team that allows him the chance to win consistently and compete for a championship".

New Orleans plans to issue a statement later Monday, but officials are already privately expressing that the organization doesn't feel pressure to move Davis before the February 7 trade deadline. James' comments were construed in some circles as campaigning for Davis. As Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports, the Knicks are expected to make a push for Davis, partially because they feel his presence will help lure players like Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and/or Kemba Walker as free agents.

Davis is averaging 29.3 points, 13.3 rebounds and 2.6 blocks for New Orleans, who have lost three games in a row and are 22-28, the third worst record in the Western Conference.

The Pelicans would hang up on the Raps' front office if they made that offer.

Los Angeles receives Anthony Davis, Elfrid Payton and Darius Miller. Telling the Pelicans that he won't re-sign with them provides a blunt message: Move me, or lose me for nothing.

Davis and agent Rich Paul have informed the Pelicans that Davis will turn away a supermax contract extension this summer and wants to be traded.

"We're not trading him", Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said last month, one of many times he's addressed the topic.

Davis' declaration on wanting out now gives teams other than the Boston Celtics a head start in pursuing trades for Davis.

The Celtics are limited in what they can offer the Pelicans before July 1 due to the NBA's Rose Rule.

I will say that "uncertainty" and rumors of a parting of the ways between Irving and Boston are all over the league.

That means we got another morning filled with speculation by way of the ESPN Trade Machine that allows die-hard fans to send The Brow to teams and make it work under the salary cap. "That's not an option".

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